France confirms it will withdraw from Mali after nearly 10 years fighting insurgency

“The political, operational and legal conditions are no longer met to effectively continue their current military engagement in the fight against terrorism in Mali,” said a joint statement signed by France and European and African allies, announcing a “coordinated withdrawal” Read More …

Burkina Faso: Four French soldiers injured in bomb blast in Yatenga Province

Four French soldiers were wounded in an improvised explosive device blast in northern Burkina Faso, France’s military told AFP Tuesday evening. “(Their) off-road vehicle activated an IED as it left Ouahigouya airport,” the army said in a statement, adding the Read More …

French army claims to have killed suspect in 2020 murders of aid workers in Niger

The French army says that it has killed one of the suspects in last year’s murder of eight people including six young French aid workers in the Koure National Park in Niger, The Islamic State armed group had claimed the Read More …

French troops kill leader of Islamic State group in Sahel

The head of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, who was wanted for deadly attacks on US soldiers and foreign aid workers, has been killed in an operation by French troops. Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi was “neutralised by French forces”, Read More …

UAE begins first flights to support counter-terrorism operations in the Sahel

The UAE has launched “logistical support flights” as part of French-led counter-terror operations in the African Sahel. The first flight took off from Abu Dhabi watched by Maj. Gen. Saleh Mohammed Al-Ameri, commander of joint operations at the Ministry of Read More …

Two French soldiers killed during operation in Mali

Two French soldiers were killed when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in northeastern Mali on Saturday, just days after three others died in similar fashion. Their deaths brought to 50 the number of French soldiers killed in the Read More …

Three French soldiers killed in Mali IED blast

Three French soldiers died after their armoured vehicle hit an IED in the Hombori area of Mali’s central Mopti province. The soldiers were participating in a military operation as part of a larger mission aiming at fighting armed groups in Read More …

Uganda: UPDF, French troops complete joint mountain operation exercise

Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and French soldiers have completed a seven-day joint mountain operation exercise. The exercise that was conducted on Rwenzori mountain saw soldiers climb to its peak, Margherita. The activities conducted during the exercise included; first aid, Read More …

France says it has killed senior al Qaeda operative in Mali

French forces have killed Bah ag Moussa, a military leader of al Qaeda’s North Africa wing, during an operation in northeastern Mali, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly said on Friday. The former Malian army colonel, also known as Bamoussa Diarra, Read More …

Two French soldiers killed in Mali

The two soldiers died after their armoured vehicle hit an improvised explosive device on September 5. A third soldier was wounded in the explosion. French President Emmanuel Macron expresses his “deep respect” for the soldiers’ “sacrifice” and sends his “sincere Read More …